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The media claims defunding Planned Parenthood will hurt women. They’re wrong.

Posted in FQHC, Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood and FQHC with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 10, 2017 by saynsumthn

From Live Action News |written by Carole Novielli

Originally published August 8, 2017

Planned Parenthood supporters, with the help of the media, continue to claim that defunding Planned Parenthood will hurt women. But Live Action News has documented time and again the ways in which this claim is deceptive. Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) can handle Planned Parenthood’s patient load in the event that the abortion corporation is defunded, and FQHCs offer even more comprehensive care than Planned Parenthood. So why does the media continue to spout these false narratives? And how can we know that Planned Parenthood’s claims are not true?

There is more to the data than Planned Parenthood’s spokespersons and media supporters are acknowledging.

CLAIM: If Planned Parenthood is defunded, women will have few places to go to receive health services, specifically contraception care, because it would overwhelm FQHC sites.

WHY THIS CLAIM IS DECEPTIVE: If Planned Parenthood is defunded, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) could likely accommodate the influx of contraception patients. It is possible that many of Planned Parenthood’s clients are already using FQHCs for primary care services not available at Planned Parenthood, and if this is the case, an influx of Planned Parenthood’s clients to FQHCs may not be nearly as large as its supporters claim. Planned Parenthood’s non-abortion related health services to women have been decreasing for years, as have the organization’s patient numbers — which will be shown in detail below.

WHERE THIS CLAIM ORIGINATES: A study conducted by Guttmacher, which compared the 2015 contraception care services at Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites, and Title X facilities.

Guttmacher is a former research arm and special affiliate to Planned Parenthood, and receives taxpayer funding. It has also received funding from Planned Parenthood, so it has good incentive to keep Planned Parenthood’s tax dollars flowing.

Nationally, the Guttmacher data revealed (ref: table 3/ page 7):

  • FQHCs operated 9,636 services sites in the U.S.
  • 5,829 FQHC’s (60 percent) offered contraceptive care to at least 10 female clients.
  • 361 counties out of 3,142 counties had both a Planned Parenthood and a FQHC site.
  • 580 counties had neither.
  • Out of the 2,201 counties that remained, there were 54 counties that did not have a FQHC site and 2,147 which did not have Planned Parenthood (table 3/page 7).
  • In at least 23 states, FQHC sites served more contraception clients than Planned Parenthood in at least one or more counties.
  • In four states (Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi and Rhode Island), FQHC sites served more contraception clients than Planned Parenthood in every county where Planned Parenthood had a facility.
  • In two states (Alaska and Georgia), that ratio dropped to 80 percent, 66 percent in one state (Arizona) and 50 percent in Massachusetts, Nebraska and South Carolina.
  • In all, Planned Parenthood centers were located in just 415 U.S. counties while 1,719 counties had a FQHC site.
  • FQHC sites outnumbered Planned Parenthood in counties that provided contraception care in every state except Connecticut, Minnesota and the District of Columbia (table 1/page 1).

Live Action News has documented that Planned Parenthood, which masquerades as a health care provider, is actually decreasing the number of services that it offers women. When comparing Planned Parenthood’s services to FQHC sites you see that defunding this abortion corporation will have little effect on women in particular.

Live Action News has looked at state data as well, in Alaska, Arizona, Indiana, Iowa,  Kentucky, MinnesotaNebraska, NevadaNew Jersey, Tennessee and West Virginia.

A review by Newsbusters examined deceptive media reports from Mississippi.

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Live Action News has broken down the numbers as follows:

FACILITIES

According to the data, there are 9600 FQHC sites (which offer a vast array of health care services). Guttmacher claims that 60 percent of those 9600 sites offered contraception services to ten or more clients. If you do the math, that still leaves 5,830 sites.

In contrast, Planned Parenthood states in its 2015 annual report that it operated nearly 650 Planned Parenthood health centers. As of today, however, Planned Parenthood’s website shows that it operates “more than 600 centers,” a clear decrease from the 800 it operated just ten years ago.

PATIENTS

Taxpayer-funded health centers, as identified by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), saw a 2 million patient increase by 2015, providing care to 24,295,946 patients. In contrast, Planned Parenthood has lost more than half a million patients (600,000) since 2011.

Breast Exams:

  • In 2015, federal health centers performed mammograms on over 521,000 patients – an increase from 470,000 in 2014.
  • Planned Parenthood performed zero mammograms, because Planned Parenthood facilities do not have mammogram machines.
  • In 2015, Planned Parenthood breast exams dropped 12 percent from 2014. Stunningly, from 2005 to 2015, breast exams declined by more than 62 percent (842,399 to 321,700).

Pap Tests:

  • In 2015, federal health centers administered over 1.8 million Pap tests to patients — an increase from 1.7 million in 2014.
  • Planned Parenthood’2015 report reveals that between 2005 (1,116,681) and 2015 (293,799), Pap tests (tests for detecting cervical cancer) at Planned Parenthood declined nearly 74 percent (73.68%).

Cancer Screenings:

  • The most recent figures show that cancer screenings continue to decline at Planned Parenthood. From 2005 (2,009,835) to 2015 (665,234), cancer screenings plummeted nearly 67 percent (66.90%).

Prenatal Care:

  • In 2015, federal health centers cared for a total of 552,000 prenatal patients — an increase from 528,000 prenatal patients in 2014.
  • Planned Parenthood’s prenatal services were nearly cut in half in the last year (17,419 in 2014 to 9,419 in 2015) — a trend that has continued for years. From 2005 (13,261) to 2015 (9419), prenatal care dropped nearly 29 percent (28.97%).

Contraception Care:

  • FQHC sites outnumber Planned Parenthood in counties that provide contraception care in every state except Connecticut, Minnesota and the District of Columbia, according to Guttmacher’s 2015 data (table 1/page 1).
  • Planned Parenthood health centers account for just 6 percent of all safety-net family planning providers. (Source: Guttmacher).
  • Recently released Planned Parenthood numbers reveal that in 2015, contraception services decreased 4.6 percent from the previous year.
  • In fact, that latest annual report reveals that contraception services at Planned Parenthood are at their lowest in years (2,808,815), decreasing nearly 30 percent since 2009 (4,009,549), according to that year’s Annual Affiliate Service Census Report.
  • A review of the past ten years (2005 vs. 2015), reveals that contraception services at Planned Parenthood have decreased by 25 percent.

Abortions:

  • Abortions are increasing at Planned Parenthood even while the Guttmacher Institute reports they are declining nationally.
  • Planned Parenthood committed 328,348 abortions in 2015 vs. 323,999 in 2014 (over 4000 more in 2015).
  • Planned Parenthood commits one-third of abortions in the U.S., nearly 900 abortions every day.
  • Planned Parenthood reports 2,889 adoption referrals in 2015. Therefore, the organization committed nearly 114 abortions for every one child referred out for adoption.
Planned Parenthood abortion market share using Guttmacher/Perspectives totals: 1991 to 2014

Planned Parenthood abortion market share using Guttmacher/Perspectives totals: 1991 to 2014

As Live Action News has documented, the Guttmacher report actually supports our claim that women don’t need Planned Parenthood for contraception services or any other health service.

There are plenty of reasons to defund Planned Parenthood:

The list above does not even include the number of women injured or killed after using Planned Parenthood’s alleged “services.”

Taxpayers should not be forced to send half a billion dollars to an organization accused of fraud and potential violations of the law, whose market share of abortions continues to increase while other services are decreasing.

The government takes vital health dollars away from more worthy facilities like FQHCs, while private donations to Planned Parenthood swelled by an additional $92 million in 2015-2016 alone. (The total private donations in 2015-2016 were $445.8 million.)

This cash flow enabled Planned Parenthood to end its year with an excess of $77.5 million in 2015, an increase of nearly 39 percent from 2005 when they netted $55.8 million.

Planned Parenthood has been netting a profit for many years, with yearly surpluses ranging from $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010).

It’s time to remove government dollars from Planned Parenthood once and for all.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Federally Qualified Health Centers outnumber Planned Parenthood in West Virginia 28:1

Posted in FQHC, Planned Parenthood and FQHC, Planned Parenthood state stats with tags , , , , , , , on August 9, 2017 by saynsumthn

Planned Parenthood operates just one facility in the state of West Virginia while Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) operate in many more locations and offer a wider range of services. In the debate over funding the nation’s top abortion provider, it is important to be aware that several states have just one Planned Parenthood facility. And while Planned Parenthood operates one center in West Virginia, in contrast, there are 28 Federally Qualified Health Centers providing services at 270 sites in the state, according to the Rural Health Info website.

In addition to having just one location, news reports indicate that the Vienna Planned Parenthood center in West Virginia, which refers for abortions, saw a minuscule number of patients compared to those seen by publicly funded health centers in the state.

While Planned Parenthood in WV saw approximately 960 patients in 2015, data published by Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) shows that in the same year, publicly funded health centers in the state saw almost 400,000 (399,213) patients.

Planned Parenthood, which masquerades as a health care provider, has been losing patients nationally as well.

Defund Planned Parenthood

In 2011, Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards boasted that the organization served three million patients. By 2015, those numbers had dropped by more than 600,000 to 2.4 million. Nationally, the organization which now receives over $554 million in annual government revenue has been decreasing its services – all except abortion.

In FY 2014-2015, Planned Parenthood performed 323,999 abortions, accounting for 34.9 percent of the overall abortion market share in the United States. (This data is based on the latest abortion numbers published by Guttmacher.)

By FY 2015-2016, Planned Parenthood’s abortions rose to 328,348.

This was not the case for many other health services such as cancer screenings like Pap tests and manual breast exams, which decreased nationally at the abortion corporation. In addition, Planned Parenthood’s latest annual report reveals that the organization’s contraception services are at their lowest in years (2,808,815), decreasing nationally nearly 30 percent since 2009, according to that year’s Annual Affiliate Service Census Report (4,009,549).

In West Virginia, a look at contraception care revealed that Planned Parenthood served just one percent of all contraception clients that visited publicly funded family planning centers in West Virginia.

And no, those statistics did not originate from the pro-life community. The data was put together by Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood’s former special affiliate, in response to a request from pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray.

The data, which looked at Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), as well as Title X facilities for 2015 revealed that in West Virginia:

  • 55 counties offered publicly funded contraception care
  • One county had at least one Planned Parenthood facility
  • 48 counties had at least one FQHC site
  • There were no Planned Parenthood centers located in 54 counties
  • Just 1 out of 202 of publicly funded family planning centers in the state was a Planned Parenthood center
  • Planned Parenthood shows they operate just one facility in the state

Nationally, the Guttmacher data revealed some startling facts as well (ref: table 3/ page 7):

  • FQHCs operated 9,636 services sites in the U.S.
  • 5,829 FQHCs (60 percent) offered contraceptive care to at least 10 female clients
  • 361 counties out of 3,142 counties had both a Planned Parenthood and a FQHC site
  • 580 counties had neither
  • Out of the 2,201 counties that remained, there were 54 counties that did not have a FQHC site and 2,147 which did not have a Planned Parenthood (table 3/ page 7)
  • In at least 23 states, FQHC sites served more contraception clients than Planned Parenthood in at least one or more counties
  • In four states (Hawaii, Kentucky, Mississippi and Rhode Island), FQHC sites served more contraception clients than Planned Parenthood in every county where Planned Parenthood had a facility
  • In two states (Alaska and Georgia) that ratio dropped to 80 percent, 66 percent in one state (Arizona) and 50 percent in Massachusetts, Nebraska and South Carolina
  • In all, Planned Parenthood centers were located in just 415 U.S. counties, while 1,719 counties had a FQHC site
  • FQHC sites outnumbered Planned Parenthood in counties that provided contraception care in every state except Connecticut, Minnesota and the District of Columbia (table 1/ page 1).

The Planned Parenthood center in West Virginia is operated by Planned Parenthood of South Atlantic, headquartered in South Carolina. This Planned Parenthood affiliate is not known for its stellar oversight.

As Live Action News has previously reported, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control’s Bureau of Health Facilities Licensing and Bureau of Land and Waste Management detailed gross violations against the affiliate in September of 2015, which included the following violations against their South Carolina center:

    The facility did not have documentation on training in infection control for two staff members.
    Planned Parenthood did not adhere to and follow provisions for tissue examination and disposal and did not have a written policy and procedure regarding registration of fetal death or death certificates.
    Planned Parenthood’s emergency drug cart did not have a listing of contents on the cart.
    Expired medications were stored in the patient care areas and pharmacy.
    Products of conception resulting from abortion procedures were not managed and properly disposed of by incineration according to regulations.
    Several abortion records involving minors did not include the name of a parent.
    Sterile gloves were stored and mixed with non-sterile supplies including non-sterile examination gloves.
    Waste meeting the definition of “infectious waste” was not managed or properly disposed of by incineration.

The fact is that Planned Parenthood is not deserving of the dollars they receive from taxpayers. As the Senate gears up to debate continued funding of Planned Parenthood, it is important that senators in West Virginia understand that Planned Parenthood is not the so-called health care organization it portrays itself to be.

Every single day that the Senate delays in defunding Planned Parenthood, the organization aborts almost 900 preborn children and continues to receive $1.5 million from American taxpayers.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

No, the sky won’t fall if Planned Parenthood is defunded. Here’s why.

Posted in Cecile Richards, FQHC, Planned Parenthood and FQHC, Planned Parenthood three percent myth with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by saynsumthn

If you listen to the pundits who support Planned Parenthood, the sky will surely fall if the abortion chain is defunded.

If even one Planned Parenthood affiliate or center has to close as a result of defunding, they say, the patients Planned Parenthood serves will have no access to health services elsewhere. This is utter nonsense, of course.

The claim that removing federal dollars from Planned Parenthood will shutter their doors is ludicrous. As Live Action News has previously reported, the organization’s own annual reports reveal that Planned Parenthood has been netting a profit for many years. Almost every year since 2000, Planned Parenthood’s revenue has exceeded their expenses — not just by a few dollars, but by tens of millions of dollars (yearly surpluses of $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010). In addition, with the threat of defunding now more real under the newly elected Congress and president, Planned Parenthood has repeatedly claimed that private donations are suddenly flooding into their coffers.

For the sake of argument, let’s imagine what would happen if we applied this same logic — that a profitable organization should be taxpayer funded, merely because closing would disenfranchise its customers — to any other business. Let’s suppose it was thought that department store chains should receive taxpayer funding because online sales are hurting chain stores’ business. The argument could be made that these department stores have served many people, that they are located in many disadvantaged communities, and that poor people who do not have internet access will be disenfranchised if these stores close. Should we then give these stores half a billion taxpayer dollars every year (the amount Planned Parenthood receives) to keep them open?

The truth is that there are Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) already in place, which could serve the patients Planned Parenthood serves — outnumbering Planned Parenthood centers by the thousands (a 20 to 1 margin)– so why do Planned Parenthood spokespersons (many who earn six-figure salaries) want you to believe that American women could not survive without them?

Planned Parenthood president Cecile Richards has even made totally unsupported claims that millions would be without healthcare if Congress votes to defund Planned Parenthood. Richards recently told Rolling Stone:

This is literally whether a young man in Texas can come to us for an STI testing, or whether a woman who has a lump in her breast can come to us in Ohio to have a breast exam or be referred for screenings, or whether a college student or a young person anywhere in the country can come to us for family planning. We’re talking about more than a million-and-a-half people who rely on Planned Parenthood, and for most of them we’re their only medical provider. As all of the medical institutions have said: There’s no one to take our place providing low- and moderate-income people with preventive health care. There isn’t any other entity that is doing that work.

Interesting that she mentions the breast screenings, because Planned Parenthood, as Live Action has documented, does not do mammograms — but FQHCs do.

I am curious, however, as to how the defunding of Planned Parenthood would cause the apocalypse, but closures of other non-profits — specifically hospitals, which one could argue offer far more needed “services” — would not.

Let me explain.

According to a 2015 report published by the Journal for Health Affairs, patient health was not significantly compromised when hospitals closed. The Non-Profit Quarterly reports pointed out with regards to the study that “vulnerable hospitals that have not been financially sustainable, with operating margins of ‑20% on average, have been the first to close, causing public concern that displaced patients will experience declining health and even death when access to care goes away.”

Despite this concern, the 2015 study found “no significant difference between the change in annual mortality rates for patients living in hospital service areas (HSAs) that experienced one or more closures and the change in rates in matched HSAs without a closure…. Nor was there a significant difference in the change in all-cause mortality rates following hospitalization….”

The unknown in the study was how the closures affected low income patients. But according to Non-Profit Quarterly: 

Researchers reported that among Medicare patients there were no substantial changes in admissions, lengths of stay, or readmissions, but also cautioned that the study should not be interpreted to mean that every hospital loss is harmless….

While the study supports the argument that access to care has improved, the data does not, however, tell the whole story. One-third of institutions that were closed were “safety net” hospitals that treated large numbers of low-income and uninsured people. Since only easily-accessed Medicare patient information was reviewed, impact on those populations is still unknown.

Unknown? A study of three hospital closures from 2015, conducted by the Kaiser Commission on Medicaid and the Uninsured and the Urban Institute, actually found that lower income and elderly patients were negatively affected and “were more likely to face transportation challenges and thus more likely to delay or forgo needed care.”

A photo of the clinics that outnumber Planned Parenthood 20 to 1.

But in Planned Parenthood’s case, there are already hundreds of FQHC alternatives available, open and ready to serve the public. A December 2015 Congressional Research Service report which compared the services of Planned Parenthood Federation of America-affiliated health centers (PPAHC) to those of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) found…

  • FQHCs are required to provide primary, preventive, and emergency health services.
  • FQHCs focus on providing more comprehensive primary care, dental, and behavioral health services.
  • FQHCs provide far more services in a given year than do PPAHCs.
  • PPAHCs focus their services on individuals of reproductive age; FQHCs provide services to individuals throughout their lifetimes.
  • FQHCs served 22.9 million people in 2014; PPAHCs served 2.7 million.
  • 358 counties have both a PPAHC and a FQHC.
  • FQHCs also receive federal grants that require them to provide family planning (among other services) to Medicaid beneficiaries.

Planned Parenthood and its supporters want the public to believe that only Planned Parenthood is able to care for the needs of the 2.5 million patients they “serve.” And they will suggest that if they are defunded and close facilities, the hundreds of FQHC that replace them (already in existence and serving patients, mind you) will be overwhelmed with patient influx, thus unable to address the many needs. (This was the same fear that plagued Democrats when they passed the Affordable Care Act, yet they argued that the system would be more than able to handle that influx.)

A study on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health care company Athenahealth, which gathered data from 15,700 of Athenahealth’s clients, found that new patient visits to primary care physicians only increased slightly. It was anticipated that uninsured patients now gaining insurance might have unmet medical needs, and their demand for services might overwhelm the capacity of primary care doctors. But according to the study, this idea proved false. Kathy Hempstead, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, told USA Today that the study “suggests that, even though there’s been a big increase in coverage, it’s a relatively small part of the market and the delivery system is able to handle the demand.”

For years, Planned Parenthood has been closing centers despite a steady increase in funding under the Obama administration. The Congressional Research Service found that the number of PPHAC affiliates and facilities has declined since 2009-2010, when PPFA reported having 88 affiliates (a 32 percent decline) and 840 health centers (a 21 percent decline). And, as of December 20, 2016, there are now only 650 Planned Parenthood centers, indicating a 22.67 percent decline.

In addition, Planned Parenthood patients have also decreased over the years. In 2014, Planned Parenthood saw 2.5 million patients — down a whopping 24.24 percent since 1996, when they saw 3.3 million and received far less government funding ($177.5 million in 1996 compared to $553.7 million in 2014). In contrast, FQHCs have increased the number of patients seen in each year since 2009. From 2009 to 2014, FQHC patients increased from 18.9 million to 22.9 million.

Planned Parenthood is the largest provider of abortion in the nation. Live Action has documented how Planned Parenthood manipulates its own data to cover up the fact that abortion – not women’s health care – accounts for the lion’s share of the corporation’s services for pregnant women.

Defunding the largest chain of abortion clinics will not send millions of patients to their demise — and Planned Parenthood knows this. The truth is that taxpayer dollars can be better spent on real health care organizations that will serve the American public and maintain the sanctity of life in the process.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Federal Health Centers (FQHCs) can handle Planned Parenthood patients if defunded

Posted in FQHC, HRSA, Planned Parenthood abortion stats, Planned Parenthood and FQHC with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on August 3, 2017 by saynsumthn

Could Federally Qualified Health Centers handle Planned Parenthood’s patient load? The data says yes.

Despite the fact that Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) provide comprehensive health services to women, the media continues to prop up Planned Parenthood as if it is the only provider of women’s reproductive healthcare. While Planned Parenthood continues to receive over half a billion dollars in annual taxpayer funding, its patient load and services continues to decrease, year after year.

If major media outlets would analyze Planned Parenthood’s own reports (as Live Action has done), perhaps they would notice that while the organization has increased its abortion market share, its other services — like Pap tests, breast exams, and even contraception services — have decreased significantly.

Ignoring these facts, the prevailing claim by the media – often quoting the Guttmacher Institute, Planned Parenthood’s former research arm and “special affiliate” – is that if Planned Parenthood is defunded, women will have no place to go to receive health services.

This claim is patently false and was previously dismantled by the defenders of ObamaCare:

study on the effects of the Affordable Care Act, conducted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and health care company Athenahealth, which gathered data from 15,700 of Athenahealth’s clients, found that new patient visits to primary care physicians only increased slightly. It was anticipated that uninsured patients now gaining insurance might have unmet medical needs, and their demand for services might overwhelm the capacity of primary care doctors. But according to the study, this idea proved false. Kathy Hempstead, director of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, told USA Today that the study “suggests that, even though there’s been a big increase in coverage, it’s a relatively small part of the market and the delivery system is able to handle the demand.”

In other words, yes, FQHCs can handle Planned Parenthood’s patient load. After all, Planned Parenthood has lost more than half a million patients (600,000) since 2011, while taxpayer-funded health centers, as identified by the federal Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), saw a 2 million patient increase by 2015, providing care to 24,295,946 patients.

Additional data shows:

  • In 2015, federal health centers performed mammograms on over 521,000 patients – an increase from 470,000 in 2014. Planned Parenthood performed zero, because Planned Parenthood facilities do not have mammogram machines.
  • In 2015, Planned Parenthood breast exams dropped 12 percent from 2014. Stunningly, from 2005 to 2015, breast exams declined by more that 62 percent (842,399 to 321,700).
  • In 2015, federal health centers administered over 1.8 million Pap tests to patients — an increase from 1.7 million in 2014Planned Parenthood‘s 2015 report reveals that between 2005 (1,116,681) and 2015 (293,799), Pap tests (tests for detecting cervical cancer) at Planned Parenthood declined nearly 74 percent (73.68%).
  • The most recent figures show that cancer screenings continue to decline at Planned Parenthood. From 2005 (2,009,835) to 2015 (665,234), cancer screenings plummeted nearly 67 percent (66.90%).
  • In 2015, federal health centers cared for a total of 552,000 prenatal patients — an increase from 528,000 prenatal patients in 2014; yet Planned Parenthood’s prenatal services were nearly cut in half in the last year (17,419 in 2014 to 9,419 in 2015) a trend that has continued for years. From 2005 (13,261) to 2015 (9419), prenatal care dropped nearly 29 percent (28.97%) .
  • Recently released Planned Parenthood numbers reveal that in 2015, contraception services at the abortion corporation decreased 4.6 percent from the previous year. In the past ten years (2005 vs. 2015), contraception services at Planned Parenthood decreased by 25 percent to their lowest in years.

Knowing that this data comes directly from Planned Parenthood, keep in mind where the media got its idea about FQHCs being unable to handle Planned Parenthood’s patient influx. It comes from a study conducted by Guttmacher, which compared the 2015 contraception care services at Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites, and Title X facilities.

However, a review of that study shows that the claim that defunding Planned Parenthood would leave women with no place to go is far-reaching and deceptive. Remember: Guttmacher is a former special affiliate to Planned Parenthood, and Guttmacher also receives taxpayer funding. It has also received funding from Planned Parenthood, so it has good incentive to keep these tax dollars flowing. As I noted in a previous article:

Ryan Bomberger of The Radiance Foundation also found evidence that indeed, in its 2007 tax filing, Planned Parenthood still listed Guttmacher as an “independent affiliated organization” which was receiving money from the abortion giant. Bomberger wrote, “Planned Parenthood… gave $2,142,076 of our tax dollars to their ‘research’ arm, Guttmacher….”

The money flowed both ways:

… [W]hile Planned Parenthood… was funneling money into Guttmacher,  Guttmacher was also receiving taxpayer dollars – and funneling a significant amount of money back to Planned Parenthood…. Guttmacher’s payouts to Planned Parenthood total around $40 million.

Guttmacher tax funding 2015 and 2016

In addition, this particular study’s focus was just contraceptive care, not on all the services offered by FQHCs.

In a May 2017 article, Guttmacher states:

In 2015, out of the over 9,600 total FQHC sites in the 50 states and the District of Columbia, 5,830 of them (60%) reported offering contraceptive care to at least 10 women each year; this subset of sites are counted among the nation’s 10,700 safety-net family planning centers.

If we break this down, we see that there are 9600 FQHC sites (which offer a vast array of health care services) while according to Guttmacher, only 60 percent offered contraception services to ten or more clients. That still leaves 5,830 sites.

But what about Planned Parenthood? Today, the organization’s website shows 600 facilities across the US – a decrease from the 800 it operated just ten years ago.

To compare, 600 Planned Parenthoods offer contraception services while almost 6,000 (5,830 according to Guttmacher) FQHCs offer those services. I’m just not seeing the problem here, even though Guttmacher says Planned Parenthood serves slightly more contraception clients than FQHCs do.

Even Guttmacher was forced to admit that “FQHCs now operate many more individual family planning sites than do Planned Parenthood affiliates” and that “Planned Parenthood health centers account for just 6% of all safety-net family planning providers.” Therefore, if Planned Parenthood is defunded, FQHCs could likely accommodate the influx of contraception patients. After all, it is possible that many of Planned Parenthood’s clients are already using FQHCs for primary care services not available at Planned Parenthood. And if that is the case, an influx of Planned Parenthood’s clients to FQHCs may not be nearly as large as their supporters claim. FQHC sites outnumber Planned Parenthoods in counties that provide contraception care in every state except Connecticut, Minnesota and the District of Columbia (table 1/page 1).

While politicians continue to force taxpayers to send Planned Parenthood half a billion dollars each year, the organization’s private donations have increased by 26 percent, swelling by an additional $92 million in 2015-2016. (The total private donations in 2015-2016 were $445.8 million.) This cash flow enabled Planned Parenthood to end its year with an excess of $77.5 million in 2015, an increase of nearly 39 percent from 2005 when they netted $55.8 million. Planned Parenthood has been netting a profit for many years, with yearly surpluses ranging from $12.2 million in 2001 to a high of $155.5 million in 2010).

At the same time, Planned Parenthood has lost over half a million patients, but has succeeded in cornering nearly 35 percent of the abortion market in the US, committing more than 320,000 abortions annually – 900 per day, one every 96 seconds.

American women do not need Planned Parenthood, and the taxpayers should no longer be forced to fund the largest abortion corporation in the nation..

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Planned Parenthood services in Nevada vs. Federally qualified health centers

Posted in FQHC, Planned Parenthood state stats with tags , , , , , , on August 1, 2017 by saynsumthn

While supporters of Planned Parenthood make claims that defunding the largest chain of abortion clinics in the country will leave millions of women with no place to go, the numbers nationally and more specifically, in Nevada, tell a different story.

Abortion promoters in Nevada are attempting to sway Senator Dean Heller to vote against a measure to defund Planned Parenthood. NARAL, a national abortion advocacy organization and Planned Parenthood (PP), an abortion corporation which receives over half a billion in tax dollars each year are calling on their supporters to contact the offices of Senator Dean Heller to persuade him to support funding abortion-focused organizations and facilities in any Senate version of the health care bill.

Planned Parenthood tweet to Senator Heller

Planned Parenthood tweet to Senator Heller

Money is fungible and therefore, dollars that are sent to abortion facilities can be used to support day-to-day expenses such as facilities and staff, freeing up other money for abortions. In fact, many of the dollars funneled to PP under the Title X family planning program are currently being sent to locations housed at the same address as Planned Parenthood abortion facilities.

Live Action News has previously documented that Planned Parenthood’s contraception, Pap test, cancer screening, and breast exam numbers have decreased nationally even while government funding and abortions are increasing. Patient numbers at PP have also decreased by more than half a million in the past several years. Planned Parenthood is failing women, all the while ending 900 children’s lives every day through abortion.

But, what about Nevada?

How do patient numbers and other work done by Planned Parenthood compare to those provided by federally qualified health and community centers — which offer many more primary care services?

FACILITIES:

There are currently three PP facilities in the state of Nevada.

Two of those facilities perform abortions and are operated by the Colorado-based affiliate Planned Parenthood of the Rocky Mountains (PPRM), Inc. The third facility is operated by the California-based affiliate Planned Parenthood Mar Monte (PPMM) and refers for abortions.

In contrast, there are twelve Rural Health Clinics and six Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), which provide services at thirty-one sites in Nevada, according to the Rural Health Information Hub website.

PATIENTS:

According to stats published by PP, the abortion chain saw a total of 16,007 clients in the state, down from 21,910 patients in 2015.

A media report published in January revealed that about five percent of clients (800) who went to the Nevada Planned Parenthood facilities were Medicaid patients.

Compare those numbers to patients who were seen by the health centers, which again, offer a vast array of primary care services.

In 2015, 83,917 patients were seen by the rural health clinics and the FQHCs, according to the lasted published data on the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) website. This was an increase from 2014, when these centers in the state served 77,805 patients.

CANCER SCREENINGS: 

Planned Parenthood lists breast and cervical screenings among others in its category “cancer screenings.”

Currently, the organization reports online that less than 16 percent of clients (2,497) going to PP in Nevada received cancer screenings.

In contrast, numbers from the HRSA website show that, in 2015, 37 percent of patients (31,113) that visited rural health clinics and FQHCs were screened for cervical cancer alone.

ABORTION:

Live Action News was not able to document the actual numbers of abortions performed by PP in Nevada. However, the latest summary data published by the state shows that in 2013, the rate of abortion was highest in three counties. Among them was Clark County, where Planned Parenthood has two abortion facilities.

CONTRACEPTION:

summary of data gathered by PP’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute reveals that in 2015:

  • Two out of 16 counties that provided publicly-funded contraception had at least one Planned Parenthood center.
  • Eight counties that provided contraception had at least one Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC).
Planned Parenthood vs. FQHC contraception, 2015

Planned Parenthood vs. FQHC contraception, 2015

The data, which looked at PP centers and FQHCs reveals that there were no Planned Parenthood centers located in 14 counties.

Of all the publicly-funded family planning centers in the state, Planned Parenthood operated just five percent (three out of 59).

NATIONAL:

Nationally, services at Planned Parenthood are decreasing. An analysis over the past ten years showed that multiple services have decreased. A sample is listed below:

  • Pap tests– DOWN 74%: 1,116,681 (2005) vs. 293,799 (2015)
  • Breast exams – DOWN 62%: 842,399 (2005) vs. 321,700 (2015)
  • Contraception –  DOWN 25% : 3,744,498 (2005) vs. 2,808,815 (2015)
  • Cancer screenings – DOWN 67%: 2,009,835( 2005) vs. 665,234 (2015)

While politicians continue to send PP more than half a billion dollars each year, the organization’s 2015-2016 annual report reveals that private donations to Planned Parenthood increased by 26 percent from the previous year, swelling by an additional $92 million in 2015-2016. (The total private donations in 2015-2016 were $445.8 million.) The cash flow enabled Planned Parenthood to end the year with an excess of revenue over expenses in the amount of $77.5 million. This excess was an increase of nearly 32 percent over the $58.8 million in excess Planned Parenthood reported in 2014-2015.

The fact is Planned Parenthood does not need taxpayer dollars because Planned Parenthood is NOT a health care agency: they are an abortion corporation.

Every day that Congress fails to defund Planned Parenthood, another $1.5 million of government money is poured into their coffers to enable them to end the lives of 900 preborn children. The American taxpayer should not be forced to continue a violent organization that decreases legitimate work while continuing to commit more abortions.

  • This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Planned Parenthood dominates abortion market in Arizona while losing patients overall

Posted in FQHC, Planned Parenthood state stats with tags , , , on August 1, 2017 by saynsumthn

In Arizona, Planned Parenthood dominates the abortion market but has experienced a substantial decrease in patients. Between 2007 and 2016 patient visits dropped at Planned Parenthood by more than 46 percent.  This indicates that in Arizona, as across the nation, women are not choosing Planned Parenthood in the numbers they have in the past. Patient visits to Planned Parenthood of Arizona have plummeted from 61,722 in 2007 to just 33,181 in 2016, according to a media statement from Jodi Liggett, vice president of public affairs.

Planned Parenthood Arizona 2015 annual report abortions

Despite the falling numbers, an analysis from a local media outlet determined that about 17.27 percent of patients and 11 percent of all visits were for abortion services in Arizona.  But, Data compiled by the Arizona Department of Health Services reveals that statewide, Planned Parenthood’s market share of abortion reached 53 percent in 2015.  According to Planned Parenthood of Arizona’s 2015-2016 annual report, they committed 6,667 out of the 12,655 abortions performed in the state.

This does not come as a surprise. Live Action News has reported multiple times that in state after state, Planned Parenthood is garnering a larger and larger share of the abortion market while increasing government funding.

Nationally, Planned Parenthood’s patients, as well as services in areas such as contraception, Pap tests, cancer screenings, and breast exams, have all decreased while government funding and abortions continue to rise. Opponents of forced tax payer funding of Planned Parenthood say that this is a good reason to shift the over $540 million tax dollars which Congress has handed out to Planned Parenthood annually to more worthy places such as Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC).

While Planned Parenthood operates just nine facilities across Arizona, there are 23 Rural Health Clinics in the state, and 21 Federally Qualified Health Centers provide services at 149 sites, offering more extensive health care services for women, according to the Rural Health Information Hub.

But, Planned Parenthood’s supporters argue that federal and state tax dollars should continue to flow to the abortion corporation because they are the only ones that can provide “contraception services.”

Not so fast.

An analysis conducted by Planned Parenthood’s former “special affiliate,” the Guttmacher Institute, compared Federally Qualified Health Center sites (FQHC) to Planned Parenthood centers in areas that offered publicly funded contraception care and found that in 2015:

  • 3 of 15 counties in Arizona which had centers that provided publicly funded contraception care had at least one Planned Parenthood.
  • 14 counties in Arizona had at least one FQHC site that provided contraception services.
  • There were no Planned Parenthood centers located in 12 Arizona counties.
  • Planned Parenthood served fewer contraception clients than FQHC sites in 2 of the 3 Arizona counties where they had a Planned Parenthood facility.
  • Just over 5 percent (12 out 232) of publicly funded family planning centers in Arizona were operated by Planned Parenthood which served just 28 percent of contraception clients while FQHC sites served 37 percent.

And while Planned Parenthood’s patients have been decreasing over the years, patients visiting federal health centers in Arizona increased from 356,094 in 2008 to 500,940 in 2015.

Recently, Live Action documented the lack of care Planned Parenthood gives to pregnant women who want to keep their children. Live Action’s prenatal care video (watch below) featured comments from multiple Planned Parenthood employees stating they do NOT provide prenatal care, despite the organization’s CEO, Cecile Richards, misleading the public to believe that prenatal care is one of their most important services.

The Tempe, Arizona Planned Parenthood center is one of the centers Live Action called during the undercover investigation. When the caller asked to “make an appointment for prenatal care” the Planned Parenthood staffer responded:

We don’t have prenatal care here. Planned Parenthood offers abortions, so they don’t offer prenatal care.

Shortly after the release of the undercover video, Planned Parenthood began purging their websites of the term “prenatal.” Then, Live Action News, exposed biased Arizona media reporting on the topic.  Arizona’s media, as well as national media outlets, have failed to call out or question Planned Parenthood, which masquerades as a “health center” so they can continue to receive half a billion in federal tax dollars a year and end the lives of 900 preborn children every day.

But, the truth is hard to suppress and it is reaching the ear of Congress and the ear of the American public. If the drop in patients is any indicator, Planned Parenthood’s continued dedication to abortion is starting to have a real impact on the organization.

It’s no wonder, with so many patients abandoning Planned Parenthood, that they fight so hard to keep those government dollars.

This article is reprinted with permission. The original appeared here at Live Action News.

Guttmacher report shows women don’t need Planned Parenthood for contraception

Posted in FQHC, Guttmacher, Planned Parenthood Decreasing Services with tags , , , , on July 25, 2017 by saynsumthn

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An analysis of data published by the Guttmacher Institute reveals that Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites outnumber Planned Parenthood centers in the majority of counties which provide publicly funded contraception services nationwide. This information was published by Guttmacher in response to a request from pro-abortion Senator Patty Murray, and it comes as the Senate prepares to debate defunding Planned Parenthood, the country’s largest provider of abortions.

The data, which looked at Planned Parenthood centers (PP), Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites, and Title X facilities for 2015, found:

  • FQHCs operated 9,636 services sites in the US.
  • 5,829 FQHC’s (60 percent) offered contraceptive care to at least 10 female clients.
  • 361 counties out of 3,142 counties had both a Planned Parenthood and a FQHC site.
  • 580 counties had neither.
  • Out of the 2,201 remaining counties, 54 had no FQHC site and 2,147 had no Planned Parenthood (table 3/page 7).
  • In all, Planned Parenthood centers were located in just 415 U.S. counties while 1,719 counties had FQHC sites.

FQHC sites outnumber Planned Parenthood in counties that provide contraception care in every state except Connecticut, Minnesota and the District of Columbia (table 1/page 1). Although there were additional publicly funded sites, the table below compares PP and FQHCs providing contraception care:

Comparing PP with FQHCs

Comparing PP with FQHCs, continued

Live Action News continues to document how Planned Parenthood’s services are decreasing while its abortion numbers increase. Today, the abortion corporation ends the lives of 900 preborn children every day while receiving $1.5 million in taxpayer dollars.

In contrast, FQHC sites, which outnumber Planned Parenthood centers by the thousands, provide more vital health services for women.

Given these facts, the Senate should no longer delay in defunding Planned Parenthood.